In August 2021 we received a $2M gift from the High Meadows Fund to seed the creation of a Land Sovereignty Fund. The intent was to begin to address the historical harms that have shaped current-day racial and ethnic disparities in land access and ownership. Our commitment, made at the time of the grant, was to move these funds into the hands of BIPOC-led (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) organizations.

Update on our process

As a first next step, we have hired a consulting team, Braided Wisdom, to help build a collaborative decision-making process for the new fund. Braided Wisdom is a BIPOC-led organization with deep experience in cross-cultural communication and with connections to Vermont. Our first grants could be announced in the middle of 2023.

We welcome your questions and feedback along the way, and invite you to contact Abby White for more information.